Hello Forsyth Tech students,
I am excited and enthusiastically looking forward to the Fall semester and hope you are too! We know classes will be somewhat different this semester and we are all working diligently to make things safe while still helping you have the best experience possible this Fall 2020.
Here are some additional updates as we move ahead.
We were grateful to all of you who responded to the COVID-19 re-entry survey. We received over 600 student responses. As you might expect, there was a wide range of differing responses and many strong opinions. In general, there continues to be concerns about returning to campus in person.
When asked: “I believe the college is taking adequate measures to keep me safe, more than half of you, 64 percent, agreed or strongly agreed. However, more than half of you, 54 percent, disagreed or strongly disagreed when asked: “I feel comfortable returning to campus in the fall.” Twenty-six percent of students responding prefer complete face-to-face in a classroom instruction for fall, 27 percent prefer Hybrid classes, and the majority of students, 46 percent, chose fully online as your preferred modality for fall classes.
In summary, while most students believe the college is taking appropriate safety measures, about half of you still have concerns about coming back in person. Additionally, while most students and faculty prefer fully online or hybrid/blended courses, over a quarter of you want access to face-to-face classes.
Each week on Facebook Live and when I have had other opportunities to engage with students, I have continued to say that we will do our best to meet every student where they are and provide options that reflect student needs. The table below shows the percentage of courses by delivery method for our current Fall course schedule. I believe this schedule does in face offer a mix of options to meet the student preferences identified in our surveys.
Modality# of Courses%
Our individual circumstances are different, our behaviors and beliefs about the severity of the pandemic are different, and therefore our ideas about how to respond and move forward differ greatly. We are working hard to keep everyone as safe as possible, to make evidence-based decisions, to be transparent, to seek input from all constituencies to inform the decisions we make, and to be as flexible and empathetic as possible to each individual circumstance and situation.
We have been through a lot together since this pandemic began, and unfortunately, we have farther still to go before we are clearly on the other side of COVID-19. We have made it this far together, and the only way we will make it the rest of the way is if we stick together. Thank you for remembering to be kind to each other, encourage and support each other, and shed each other a little grace – a little courteous goodwill goes a long way.
We are delighted the Technology and Strickland Bookstores are now open! Financial Aid charges cannot be processed until August 10th per federal mandates. Here are the Book Store hours and more information.
The Stokes, Northwest, West, and Transportation stores are closed until further notice. All books for these sites will be located at the Technology Building Bookstore. Rentals from the spring and summer semesters can be returned with a shipping label or in person at the store. How to return books. Order online.
There’s also a link on the Forsyth Tech homepage of the website. You may pay with Financial Aid, either 3rd party sponsors including the VA or from your student account. VA students must use a purchase order number. All other students use your student ID.
- Tuesday, August 11 – Virtual Centralized Registration for Fall 2020: 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
For students who still need to register for Fall classes, they may sign up now at the Event Portal or call 336-734-7195 on August 11. Make sure you’ve applied, confirmed how you will pay for classes and course materials, and created your Techlink account!
- Wednesday, August 12 by Noon – Fall 2020 Payment Deadline
- Monday, August 17 – First day of Fall 2020 classes
- Monday & Tuesday, August 17 & 18 – Virtual Drop/Add Registration for Fall 2020: 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Students may call in that day to be registered remotely using 336-734-7195.
Navigate Forsyth Tech
Navigate is a comprehensive technology that brings together administrators, faculty, advisors, and staff to support students from enrollment to graduation and beyond. We will share more information with you and students as we will introduce the new technology soon!
Next Facebook Live
I have been enjoying engaging with so many of you in the Facebook Live sessions each week. I look forward to continuing these engagement opportunities with our next Facebook Live on Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. (NOTE: the time change for next week). It is a great way for staff and faculty to engage with each other, and for you to also engage with students.
Discover who you are
Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.
– Bernice Johnson Reagon
While the challenges of COVID-19 at first surprised us and challenged us, we are now seeing how strong and resilient you, our Forsyth Tech students, can be, and who you can become for the future.
Stay safe and take care!
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College